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Sydney v Melbourne

You get the distinct  feeling in Melbourne that they do not like being regarded as Sydney’s poor relation. They counter it is the sporting capital. I have already listed its main sporting events but excluded the Melbourne Cup. They tell you what great food their restaurants  produce. They [...]

January 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

Al la Colthard

Melbourne is both bi-cultural and multi-cultural. The dominant cultures are American and British. The skyline is one of skyscrapers, there is a grid system of blocks. You feel you are in Houston or Seattle. Alongside this the Queen is on the coin, the Union Jack on the flag and there is colonial [...]

December 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

And for my next trick …

Having been dug in with my ancient father on the south coast for most of this week, yesterday after lunch – whilst we sitting together in the drawing room – he said to me “I’ve been thinking …”, his standard preface to an announcement that he had some scheme or another with which he [...]

December 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sport in Melbourne

Melbourne is the capital of Aussie sport and a true sporting city. Much is centred around the MCG complex which has the Rod Laver and Margaret Court tennis arenas too. The G as it is known has superb statues of Australia’s sporting heroes and a museum which I intend to visit at a dull point [...]

December 28, 2017 // 1 Comment

Roll on January 2nd!

There – still a few days to go before normal service is resumed but I think I’ve just about got through the festive period unscathed. There’s a point at which, when you live alone and – if you are left to your own devices – the whole of your existence becomes a matter of glorious routine [...]

December 28, 2017 // 0 Comments


Yesterday proved a long day of travel. The party – after visiting two wineries – went to Blenheim airport, then a short flight to Wellington and from there a four hour flight to Melbourne with a two hour time difference. Bob’s visa application was messed up and at the check-in a [...]

December 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Cheerio New Zealand

So after 8 days and nights the party moves onto Australia. We all have fond memories of New Zealand but, as they say, could not eat a whole one. The scenery is breathtaking, the people friendly, the wine and food of a high standard. The negatives are being 13 hours ahead of GMT and a definite [...]

December 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again

As Yuletide beckons – chaotic last minute shopping, endless gridlocks on Britain’s motorways, television screens full of total rubbish except, of course, for Channel Four which seems to be showing a series of classic Carry On films during the daytime (yesterday they showed Carry On [...]

December 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

The wines of Marlborough

New Zealand is something of a freebooters paradise when it comes to wine growing. This is because they do not have the controls of many wine growing countries. In France there is the AC (appellation controlee) and in Italy the DC, the same thing which basically constricts the type of wine you can [...]

December 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

It started with a noise

Yesterday I did myself proud, rushing out on a trip to collect my laundry, buy some food and drink – take it all back home – and then go out again to a wholefood store in my neighbourhood on foot, all before 9.30am. On top of that I then bought a DVD online via Amazon and selected ‘free next [...]

December 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

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